(EDGE) YouTube officials reportedly "fixed an issue" on the site's "Restricted Mode," an optional filter that blocks "potentially inappropriate content," that was blocking thousands of LGBTQ videos from users, the Daily Beast reports.
Last month, several LGBTQ YouTubers took issue with the company when they discovered their content was being censored on Restricted Mode, which has to be manually turned on and is usually used for children. Google, which owns YouTube, says it uses "community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content."
YouTube Vice President of Product Management Johanna Wright took to the company's blog Friday, explaining engineers "fixed an issue" with Restricted Mode.
"After a thorough investigation, we started making several improvements to Restricted Mode," he wrote. "On the engineering side, we fixed an issue that was incorrectly filtering videos for this feature, and now 12 million additional videos of all types, including hundreds of thousands featuring LGBTQ+ content, are available in Restricted Mode."
Wright went on to say YouTube spent the last few weeks "talking with creators and third-party organizations to better understand their experiences and questions."
"We want to clarify that Restricted Mode should not filter out content belonging to individuals or groups based on certain attributes like gender, gender identity, political viewpoints, race, religion or sexual orientation," he added.
The update comes with a new form YouTube users can fill out if they believe their content has been "inappropriately excluded." Restricted Mode will still block videos about sex, drugs, alcohol, violence and profiting as well as "mature subjects" about "terrorism, war, crime, and political conflicts that resulted in death or serious injury."
LGBTQ vloggers gained attention in March when they pointed out their videos were being hidden on Restricted Mode. The clips in question included a lesbian couple reading each other wedding vows and advice for LGBTQ people.